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You’ve come to the right place! At the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance, we educate some of the most gifted and academically capable students in theatre performance, dance and theatre production and design for positions of leadership in their profession of choice. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a rich mix of experiences, from traditional to contemporary. We strive for excellence in all our programs of study, while providing enough flexibility to allow students to select either a general major or a focused professional curriculum. Through a strong commitment to teaching, our faculty offers the benefits of their scholarship and experience as professional artists, designers and scholars. The School of Theatre + Dance is committed to providing its students a foundation of professionalism and dedication to their art within a climate of diversity, discovery and risk. Discover your potential at the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance!


UF SCHOOL OF THEATRE + DANCE The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” university in the spring of 2013 and allocated $15 million annually to UF for five years to support the university in its goal of joining the nation’s top ten public universities. Outstanding students, faculty, programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities have made UF one of the nation’s best universities, public or private, and one of the best values. At the College of the Arts, we implement these standards into a creative environment suited to produce artists, performers, scholars, teachers and practitioners who combine academic and professional excellence.

Theatre Performance

This curriculum is designed to prepare thinking performers for careers in theatre. Based in a top-tier university setting requiring academic mastery of a broad range of requirements, the acting and musical theatre curricula follow a conservatory approach to creating the performing artist, combining classroom training with rehearsal and performance in varying productions to develop the ability to perform in a range of roles and genres.

Theatre Production

This curriculum is designed to meet the diverse artistic and technological demands of contemporary professional theatre. Today’s theatre design and production depend heavily on the complex digital, electronic and mechanical systems used in professional theatres. At the School of Theatre + Dance, you will work with faculty on the cutting edge of theatrical design and utilize the very latest technology in our state-of-art facilities.


This curriculum emphasizes four complementary areas of study: composition and performance, intercultural dance studies, dance and medicine, and dance theatre. The program trains dancers and choreographers using an inclusive interpretation of contemporary dance as a major performing art impacting a broad range of artistic, cultural, intellectual and social spheres.






Undergraduate Degrees BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS Acting Dance Musical Theatre Theatre Production Costume Design Lighting Design Scenic Design BACHELOR OF ARTS Dance Studies General Theatre MINORS Dance Theatre Theatre Production Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts CERTIFICATES Arts in Healthcare Dance in Healthcare

Graduate Degrees MASTER OF FINE ARTS Acting Theatre Production Costume Design Costume Technology Lighting Design Scenic Design ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS Arts in Medicine


CONTACT: Kevin Austin: 352.273.0519,


CONTACT: Kevin Austin 352.273.0519, Ric Rose, Dance Coordinator,

QUESTIONS? Kevin Austin: Undergraduate Advisor 352.273.0519,

“UF gave me the confidence to belive in myself. I also realized that I have a love for academia that I didn’t really appreciate when I was in undergrad. Theatre is something I went to school for. I have a love for it, and I don’t think there’s anything else like it. I feel like I’m telling an entire story, which is difficult to do in television and film.” USMAN ALLY

MFA Theatre ‘07


The UF Admissions’ website is your resource for more information on campus-wide resources including financial aid, housing, meal plans, general information for parents and more.

GET INVOLVED! Student Organizations

Dance in a Suitcase Florida Players Fine Arts College Council MOD Project Theatre Strike Force (Improvisation)


Summer Repertory Theatre Swamp Dance Festival Michael Chokhov Winter Intensive

New York Showcase Programs Acting Musical Theatre Design

College of the Arts Centers + Institutes UF Center for Arts in Medicine UF Center for Arts and Public Policy UF Center for World Arts UF Digital Worlds Institute


Share the limelight. Pursue your passion for theatre and dance along with your other academic interests.

Popular Options Include: THEATRE + DANCE AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MANAGEMENT Earn a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Theatre + Dance and a Master of Science in Management (Business Administration) in as little as four years. THEATRE + DANCE FOR PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS Are you pre-health or pre-vet? Why not receive your degree in theatre or dance while completing all required science courses? Make yourself stand out among thousands of applicants to professional schools! DOUBLE MAJOR IN THEATRE OR DANCE AND YOUR SUBJECT OF CHOICE Combine a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre or Dance with most other majors offered at the University of Florida.



Act, dance, design and train at one of the finest facilities in the country. The Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is 46,000 square feet of performance, teaching, design, production and classroom space. CONSTANS THEATRE Named for H.P. Constans, founder of Florida Players, this proscenium theatre with an 18 x 40-foot flexible apron seats 415, was renovated in 2004 and is one of two theatres used for the school’s mainstage season. BLACK BOX THEATRE At 3,600 square feet, the Black Box Theatre is an innovative, flexible performance space with an audience capacity of up to 200. The space is properly equipped with a lighting system, sound system, rigging capabilities, draperies, dance floor and accessibility for scenery and dance studios making it useful for a variety of performances. G-6 STUDIO A premiere studio (4,600 square feet) that is converted each semester into the school’s dance theatre to highlight the choreography of our dance area in the BFA Dance Showcase. A $108,000 technology grant recently equipped the studio with concert-grade projection capabilities to blend live performance with filmed imagery.

“The University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance program was an influential part of my education. The opportunities of working alongside world renowned artists, unique performance opportunities and travel experiences helped shaped me into the artist and professional I am today. My passion has always been in the arts but UF cultivated my desire and direction for my future work within the arts.” EMILY POZEK

Photo credits: TF Guntrup and Suzanna Mars

BFA Dance ‘13

UF College of the Arts PO Box 115800 Gainesville, FL 32611-5800

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